A restricted diet, even one like AIP which doesn’t allow nightshades or seeds, doesn’t need to be bland… if you are creative with the foods you are able to eat! This innovative daikon radish coleslaw has a complex flavor that is equal parts refreshing, sweet, and intense. Lemongrass and ginger provide the lead flavors, with cilantro providing an additional note of freshness.
The other key ingredient in this daikon radish salad is a dash of fish sauce, which may be a new flavor to you, but shouldn’t be! It’s the key to enhancing many different dishes with a bit of “umami” – which is that indescribable sense of deliciousness a dish that is cooked just right has. It’s also a key to recreating the flavors of many Asian cuisines.
Fish sauce should be made from just fish and salt, which is allowed to ferment over a long period of time, following ancient practices. Unfortunately, modern industrial processing methods have in many places replaced the traditional time honored fermentation and a lot of fish sauces you’ll find in the grocery store have added ingredients, including sugar. It is for this reason that fish sauce is not generally considered either paleo or SCD-legal. But, there is now one widely available brand of fish sauce that is still made in the traditional way (and also tastes great!) – Red Boat.
There was a time when you had to go to great lengths to mail order Red Boat fish sauce, but now it is carried in many grocery stores. If you can’t find it near you, I suggest including it in your next ShopAIP order!
Looking for special AIP-compliant ingredients and packaged foods?
Look no further! I’m a huge fan of ShopAIP – a comprehensive online grocery store that offers exclusively 100% compliant items. Now shipping to Canada as well as the US! Just getting started on AIP or looking to make your food not so bland? I recommend the “Savor the Flavor” bundle, which includes a bottle of Red Boat Fish Sauce, as well as other seasonings and sauces.
Is fish sauce SCD legal?
Technically speaking, it probably is not. Even though the ingredients in Red Boat are compliant, without an official letter from the company attesting to their processing methods, we can’t be certain that of any packaged food’s SCD status. This is an area where you have to make your own judgment. You can omit the sauce to be on the safe side.
Other recipes that use Red Boat fish sauce
- Thai Chicken Curry with Mushrooms and Carrots
- Ginger Lime Salmon
- Har Gow Inspired Shrimp Balls
- Thai Lemongrass Chicken Soup (from Freezer Cooking for the Paleo AIP)
- Chicken & Bok Choy Stir Fry
Pair this salad with my Thai green curry…
As I was developing and testing this recipe, we found it was especially good as an accompaniment to the Thai chicken curry with mushrooms and carrots I posted back in August. They share a lot of the same seasoning ingredients, so why not make both?
Lemongrass & Ginger Daikon Radish Salad Recipe
- 1 large Asian pear
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 cup shredded daikon radish (about 1 large radish, or 2 medium)
- 2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon finely minced lemongrass
- ¼ cup avocado oil
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
- Peel and julienne or grate the Asian pear and toss right away with lemon juice in order to prevent the pear from browning very much.
- In a medium bowl, combine shredded daikon radish, ginger, lemongrass, and Asian pear.
- In a small bowl, whisk together avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, fish sauce, and salt. Pour over radish and pear mixture, gently toss to coat evenly.
- Sprinkle with cilantro just prior to serving and gently mix.
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